Do You Need A Home Alarm System?

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There are millions of home burglaries each year. In the United States statistics estimate that 1 in 3 homes without a security system will be burglarized compared to 1 in 250 of those homes with alarm systems. Over half of the burglaries occur during the daytime hours when families are out of the home at work or school.

Naturally the main reason people install a security system is to deter crime in the home. When questioned 9 out of 10 burglars said they would pass by a home with an alarm and enter an unprotected home.

A home alarm system can be installed and either be monitored by a central monitoring station or not. With monitoring you and the police or fire department will be notified when you have a problem. Many security systems monitor for break-ins, fire and carbon monoxide. More sophisticated systems can monitor who is entering the home or a particular room or when someone is opening a gun cabinet or liquor cabinet. All of this security can bring peace of mind.

If you are a very wealthy person with a large home and valuable works of art or other extremely valuable possessions you will need not only a security system, but additional layers of security.


For most of us a security system should be sufficient for our needs. Some people do not have a security system installed because of the monthly fee for monitoring. This fee can range anywhere from $25 to $100 per month depending on the sophistication of your system.

If you have a friend or neighbors near by who will notify the police or fire department if your alarm goes off then you may not need the monthly monitoring.

Insurance companies do give you a discount on our homeowner or renters insurance premium when you have an alarm system.

You need to be careful you do not set off false alarms. Some areas will charge you a fee after they have responded to the second false alarm.

The security system will only be effective if you turn it on when you are leaving the home. Be sure all windows and doors are securely closed and locked.

If you are considering a home security system you might want to checkout various companies to see if there have been any complaints from customers. Some of your least expensive companies give very good service while some of your more expensive companies may not.

Installing a home security system may make you and your family feel more safe and secure in your home.